Cattleya rex O'Brien


Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Tall pseudobulbs, long flower spike, upright. Flowers to 7" diameter, cream petals and sepals and crimson lip.


Published in Gard. Chron., ser. 3 8: 684 in 1890.

Native to Peru.

Also published in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Cattleya plate 22 in 1899 and Bot. Mag. 137: 8377 in 1911. This handsome Cattleya was originally discovered by Mr. Bungeroth on the western slopes of the Peruvian Andes, and was introduced to cultivation by Mr. L. Linden, L'Horticulture Internationale, Brussels, in which establishment it flowered for the first time in 1890; in the Kew collection it flowered for the first time in 1893. The plants of this earliest importation did not as a rule survive many years, and the species had become very rare in cultivation when Messrs. Sander & Sons, St. Albans, a year ago succeeded in obtaining a fresh consignment of plants from Mayobambo, in the Upper Amazon region. One of these plants, purchased for the Kew collection, flowered in a tropical house in July, 1910, and afforded the material from which our plate has been prepared.


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Intensifies lavender color. Growth, shape, size and lip pattern dominant. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance -

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